Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib says making it to the Super Bowl is, "Everything I dreamed of."
Talib, an 8-year veteran, has never played in the big game before. He played two seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Broncos, but the team didn't make the Super Bowl either year.
"Finally here, man," Talib said on Opening Night of Super Bowl week. "Everything I dreamed of. A win, a win in the game would definitely really be everything I dreamed of."
Talib expects a good game on Sunday. "It should be a good show. You know, we both come out prepared and it should be a good show."
And he knows it's going to be a challenge, too, especially for the Broncos defense.
"I’m most impressed about how they spread the ball around," Talib said. "You’ve got guys everywhere scoring touchdowns, getting catches, big plays coming from everybody. That’s what impresses me the most."
And there are lots of different looks.
"Tons of formations, man. Tons of formations. Tons of motions. Different kind of reverses. Different guys – the pitch man – all kinds of stuff," Talib explained.
Talib knows the Panthers have lots of weapons such as tight end Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn, Jr.
"[Ginn] the biggest challenge is that speed," Talib said. "He can run. He can fly. You definitely have to be aware of that."
And Talib said Olsen has great hands.
"He makes great traffic catches," Talib said. "He’s one of their go-to guys definitely."
However, Talib isn't worried.
"We’re going to bring pressure," Talib explained. "We’re going to play man. Everybody in the league know that. That’s what we hang our hat on."
"We have a special coordinator and we play at a special level," Talib said.
And Talib has high praise for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, "He’s one of a kind. You can’t find another guy like him on tape. He could take off at any moment and score a touchdown with his legs. He can throw the ball 70 yards – score a touchdown with his arm. So, you know, one of a kind, man. One of a kind."
As for Newton's dancing, Talib hopes he won't see it.
"Hopefully, we don’t see him doing too much dancing," Talib said.